We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Phillips and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julie, why did you pursue a creative career?
The artistic career chose me. I was born a creative individual. My mind wanders and wonders. Processes intrique me. When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change. Finger painting at four with red paint at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History; I remember it vividly. My grandmother enrolled me in that art class and many others as she saw something in the way my mind processed. People have always asked me how I see what I see, feel what I feel. Often misunderstood (and still) Creatives are out of the box,

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
With my art, I bring the natural world, its stillness, and calming qualities, inside my busy world. To simply stop and enjoy the process of creating something handcrafted. As a retired art educator for I continually stay active through, workshops, lectures, art exhibitions, instructions and experimentations. The name of my studio is WildSeed Art, LLC as I have been described as the wild seed. Growing up there were those who never thought I would amount to much but……
Education:
Texas State Classroom Certification – All level Art
Masters of Fine Arts, printmaking, 1988- University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Master of Arts, printmaking, 1986-University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Bachelor of Fine Arts, interior design & architecture, 1981-North Texas State University

Nature’s endless variety and riddles have always intrigued the child within me. As an observer and artist, I am a natural ally. Exploring mother nature reaches from a personal and unique perspective and portraying it in different techniques but always complimentary and respectful of its forms. The lands I have seen is where much of this transformation begins. The name of my studio is WildSeedArt, llc. as I have often been described as the wild seed.
Unique Multi processed art. Glass is bought, given, gifted; glass paint is the highest quality from France. Images are heat set through numerous processes, and adhered through multi-layers, encased in hypertuffa personalized mold. Hypertuffa is the outer skin/layer of the encasement. The integrity of the frame is compromised in any of the experimentations. Ingredients- cement, coconut coir, perlite, water, and additives

Multi-processed art. Glass is multi-layer painted encased in hypertuffa molds. Cement, coir, perlite

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
All the museums, galleries, sculpture gardens, botanical gardens in North Texas are so rich in history. Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, Clark Gardens in Mineral Wells, the history of Frisco, and South Lake. Barbeque restaurants abound, oriental, Chinese, Texas, Mexican Food. So much talent here. And to top it off the sunset over Sleepy Hollow Lane in Weatherford; home.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My two sons Dakota and Hutch deserve the recognition. The love and strength I have for these two precious gifts that chose to be part of my life. We found ourselves in a place at one point where challenges were so many but my responsibility to them gave me the courage to pursue. I bought a condemned and foreclosed house when they were first and second grade and made it into a home. We put it back together artistically and creatively. Did all the PVC plumbing, a lot of the home runs for electrical, salvaged and repurposed tile and barn wood for the flooring, kitchen counter, even built the bathtub. This was in 1998 before it was hip. The home has mosaics everywhere; we put it together piece by piece or tesserae by tesserae. Sheetrock, metal ceilings, the thinking outside the box with the two of them kept me and my artistry going.

Website: fineartamerica.com/profiles/3-julie-phillips

Instagram: instagram.com/juliewildseedart/

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/3-julie-phillips

Twitter: twitter.com/juliewildseed

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WildSeedArt

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